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mitt romney and newt gingrich neck and neck in the race but new poll numbers showing gingrich may be on his way to the top. a tense day for up d.c. torres to move in with a cherry picker to remove protesters. madonna will take the stage during football's biggest night. we'll tell you more about her super bowl plans. and good morning, everybody. this is your "wake-up call" for monday, december 5th. i'm christine romans, carol has the morning off.
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newt gingrich, the one to watch in the gop race in a new nbc marist pole leading the pack in iowa but mitt romney is still ahead in new hampshire. although his support has dropped from only a month ago, less than 30 days from the first gop nominating contest in january. he's taking some time off. atlanta megachurch pastor eddie long made that announcement yesterday. he says he needs time to work on family issues. long's wife of 21 years vanessa filed for divorce on thursday. last spring long settled a lawsuit piled by four young men who accused him of sexual coercion. the u.s. and pakistan mending diplomatic fences after that nato air strike that killed two dozen pakistani troops. president obama called pakistan's president yesterday making clear the incident was not a deliberate attack on pakistan. both presidents agreed to stay in touch. let's get a quick check of today's weather. rob marciano is in atlanta.
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good morning, rob. >> cold weatherout west in between a bit of a mess and that's going to cause flooding issues. here's a look at the map. what you can expect monday. it pours in from canada, the cold air and there's your frontal boundary. a slow mover. here's how the rain shakes out. bull's-eye for potentially heavy flood threatening weather will be across the mid-mississippi valley. memphis will be the center of attention with several inches of rain, maybe over half a foot in spots. ahead of it today, mild 63 in d.c., meanwhile, 42 in chicago. on the back end of this system want storm warnings posted and the santa ana winds are blowing again. >> all right, thanks, rob. newt gingrich picking up late breaking momentum in the gop presidential race. in a new nbc marist poll
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gingrich surged to the top in iowa. competitors are catching up. romney support dropped from 45% to 39% and gingrich has 23%. 24% there. less than 30 days from the first gop presidential nominating contest in january. all right. now that herman cain is out of the white house race, the battle is on for the remaining gop candidates like romney and gingrich. who will get cain's endorsement and where will his supporters go? here's paul steinhauser. >> i am suspending my presidential campaign. >> the ride is over for the cain train but herman cain promises he'll still make an impact. >> i will be making an endorsement in the near future. >> new front-runner gingrich was quick to compliment him. >> i think he deserves a great deal of credit.
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big ideas he had and had the clarity to say it in a way that many millions of americans found them very, very positive. >> many tea party activists liked him and two candidates with support from the grassroots movement hope cain voters come their way. >> they're going to go somewhere in the next week or so. that's going to happen so i'm optimistic we'll pick up some votes from there. >> herman cain supporters have been calling our office and coming over to our side. i think part is because people see that i'm the tea party candidate in the race. they saw herman cain as an outsider and i think they see that my voice will be the one that will be most reflective of his. >> he was slipping in the polls and went from 23% support in late october to just 8% in a new des moines register set of numbers. his supporters may go to a bunch of candidates but the one who may benefit the most is gingrich who is surging at the right time. without cain in the race
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gingrich now stands at 28% in a new marist poll in iowa with mitt romney and congressman ron paul each at 19%. >> all right. atlanta megachurch pastor eddie long is taking time off. his decision was told yesterday. he will work on his family. this only days after long's wife vanessa filed for divorce. he did not say how long he would stay on leave. >> i haven't stepped down but stepped up. we're not hiding nothing or anything like that. i'm going to take a little time off to work with my family. >> bishop long is no stranger to controversy. four young men sued him accusing him of using his influence to lure them into sexual relationships. a highly classified u.s. stealth drone may be in the hands of iran.
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officials say they downed a drone after it invaded its airspace along the afghanistan border. officials confirming yes, one of their drones is missing. now iran is vowing an aggressive response. here's pentagon correspondent barbara starr with more. >> iranian authorities say they shot down a highly classified u.s. unmanned spy plane over its territory along its eastern border with afghanistan. iran says the drone they shot down is an rq-170. one of the most secret drones in the u.s. military and intelligence arsenal. a stealth drone that can fly largely undetected gathering intelligence and targeting information. so far the u.s. using the nato alliance in afghanistan to issue a statement is only saying "the uav to which the iranians are referring may be a u.s. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over
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western afghanistan late last week. the operators of the uav lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status." that according to the statement. now, u.s. officials tell cnn the flight crew operating the drone did report a loss of flight controls before the drone went down. but they're not saying it was shot down and they're not saying it's an rq-170. the key question is shot down or not do the iranians have their hands on classified intelligence technology. if the iranians do, the u.s. knows it's not getting any of that back. barbara starr, cnn, washington. the cash-strapped united states postal service announces a new cost-cutting plan. first class mail would no longer be delivered the next day. the agency wants to change its national standard from one to
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three days to two to five. it's lost more than $5 billion and faces a deadline to make another $5.5 billion payment to it's health care retirement fund in two weeks. democrats will unveil a payroll tax cut compromise plan today. senate majority leader harry reid will introduce the proposal which extends a cut in payroll taxes used to pay for social security. a compromise between the dueling planning. no word yet on the specifics of the plan but democrats say the hefty $200 billion price tag would be fully paid for. a fierce of standoff between occupy d.c. protesters and police, this after protesters refused to take down a wooden structure. police moving in with a cherry picker forcibly moving occupiers who decided to cling to it. athena jones. >> reporter: after more than nine hours and at times tense standoffs, it has come to an end
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with 31 arrests. it began when police ordered demonstrators to take down a structure they erected overnight. there were safety concerns with the structure and it hadn't gone through the proper permitting process. demonstrators refused to take the down. several occupying it itself and others climbing on to the roof while holding on to the rafters for several hours and led chants with the crowd of demonstrators who have been in this park occupying it since early october. this is a park that is only a few blocks from the white house. so the standoff lasted all day. you had demonstrators throwing food and water. demonstrators throwing food and water to the occupiers who were on the structure itself. ultimately the police used ray cherry picker, a giant inflatable cushion, two ladders, various ropes and harnesses in order to get the occupiers off of the structure. it was at times a dangerous operation because the structure
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itself, we saw it swaying a little bit. there were concern at one point that some of the rafters might break but ultimately 31 people arrested at this occupy d.c. camp here only a few blocks from the white house. back to you. >> all right, athena jones in washington. a celebration of the art, the kennedy center honors five stars an it happened in washington. this year's honorees are barbara cook, neil diamond, sunny rollins, and yo-yo ma. president obama was on hand to toast these individuals. >> in the most amazing thing about yo-yo ma is that everybody likes him. you got to give me some tips. it's remarkable. >> tip number one he stays out of politics. the president also thanked the honorees for sharing their talents with the world. okay, still to come this morning new developments involving a violent attack at a
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it is almost 15 minutes past the hour. newt gingrich turning to the top of the heap. the former gop house speaker now the man to beat in iowa. a new nbc poll shows gingrich leading with 26%. mitt romney trails far behind at 18%. and you can count cain out. herman cain suspended his
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campaign sunday. dogged by a 13-long affair. a grand jury decided against indicting a mcdonald's worker. two women attacked a cashier over a payment dispute in october. even going behind the counter. that's when another employee swung a metal object at the women. in money facebook is hiring thousands of new workers. they are gearing up to go public. they anticipate rapid growth and is expanding its team to keep up. in sports the drought is over. tiger woods has finally won. he won his first tournament in two years. he captured the chevron world challenge yesterday just narrowly beating out zach johnson. first check of today's weather and rob marciano is in atlanta. drought over for tiger. >> that one count count.
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that's just a fall tournament with 18 guys that all get paid to show up. hopefully a good year next year. good morning. we are looking at rain across the midsection that will be slow-moving, here it is and how it's going to move which is very slowly across the next 48 hours, memphis and the midsouth are going to be under the gun for a flood threat over the next 48 hours, two to six inches in some cases of rainfall. on the western edge, plunge of more cold air across the inner mountain west. near blizzard conditions across parts of new mexico and more of santa ana winds, gusts of 60 miles an hour. 11 in denver. 58 degrees in new york city. if you are traveling on this monday morning we'll run down where you can expect flight delays in 15 minutes. christine. >> thanks, rob. talk to you again soon. syria faces new sanctions from the arab league, deadline is passed for syria to allow observers to monitor the
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response to protests. on sunday alone 22 more demonstrators were killed. le leona is live with more. good morning. >> reporter: we're just waiting to hear from the arab league how they'll progress with their demands. if sanctions go through they're stringent, the types of things they include is a freeze on government assets. a travel ban, ban on weapons shipments, cutting off business with the syrian central bank and government, a very wide range of sanctions and it's in conjunction with similar conjunctions from turkey as well as u.s. and other sanctions in place. we're waiting to hear how they will progress and if they give them any more leeway. >> will these sanctions have any impact, do we know? >> reporter: that's the question
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that everyone wants 0 know. we are getting some rumblings from the syrian government. over the past weeks we heard from the oil minister who has been speaking saying that they've had to cut back on oil production because of the u.s. and eu sanctions on oil exports and actively looking for other buyers for their oil because more than 90% of their oil was previously exported to europe. now they have to find buyers for that. and that's key income for them. that's a hard cash that they're not getting at the moment, christine. >> all right. leone lakhani. a new leak was discovered at fukushima. 12,000 gallons of contaminated water gushing from a purification facility. the plant's operator says some of that may have leaked into the pacific ocean. sandbags have since been used to stop the leak. still ahead, a big week for
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leaders hoping to solve the debt crisis in europe. and they're talking about a new strategy now, details in a live report from paris. did you know one in every 11 people will steal at least one item when they walk into a store this holiday season. 1 in 11. come on. we'll take a look at the top stolen items. congratulations. congratulations. congratulations. today, the city of charlotte can use verizon technology to inspire businesses to conserve energy and monitor costs. making communities greener... congratulations. ... and buildings as valuable to the bottom line... whoa ! ... as the people inside them. congratulations. because when you add verizon to your company, you don't just add, you multiply. ♪ discover something new... verizon.
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as investors determine how to bet on the markets. voefrs are worrying about the european debt crisis and what it will mean for the euro, the currency and u.s. biggest destination for u.s. manufacturing goods is the euro-zone. the knack rose under 1 point, the european union scrambling to overcome this debt crisis. french president nicolas sarkozy and the german president angela merkel will meet today to discuss a possible new eu treaty. the big question, can the euro be saved? cnn nina dos santos is live in paris and, nina, i even hate to say scrambling to try to fix because merkel herself said this is a marathon that will take years and we know it is a long process. markets captivated by every footstep in that marathon. >> yeah, marathon instead of a
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sprint. what we're seeing is a sprint toward the final hurdle to get some kind of legislative framework in place to make sure that the 17 countries inside the euro-zone so those are the seven out of the 27 within the entire european union that share the common currency, the euro. the legislation at the moment they're trying to hammer out is try to get those countries to rein in their budget. now what we've got is this crucial summit between nicolas sarkozy and angela merkel, the leaders of france and germany trying to hammer out a initial framework that they put forward late he on this week. this is a pivotal week for them because on wednesday of last week, we had a very senior crack from brussels say wean/have ten days to solve the crisis to save it. so this marks an initial really crucial week for the year. we've got timothy geithner arriving here in just a couple of days from now and that usual
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meeting where merkel and sarkozy probably put forward the framework they agree upon at a lunch that will take place in about an hour and 15, christine. >> it will mean the countries will have to rein in their budgets, but what about technically? technically these countries have to maybe agree to a new framework under which to operate if the euro is going to go forward? >> reporter: yeah, this is very legally complicated territory here, it's also fraught with difficulties. essentially the european union because these are their own sovereign entities governed by a treaty of framework. they've been revised before. what angela merkel and nicolas sarkozy really want to do here in paris today is to put forward some kind of framework by which they can change the treaties with minimal disruption, let's say, without having the individual nations having to vote on them and referendums.
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what they want to do make sure these countries are automatically peenalized if they overspend greece, portugal so they won't need to have to bail them out. this is fast becoming a more than $1 trillion problem as it heads and threatens to head into 2012 and point out these two will come out for re-election in the next year and a year and a half for each of them, so they have two constituency, they have to solve things for the euro-zone but have to sell any new plans that they'll propose today to their own electorate as well because campaigning will start soon. >> nina dos santos in lovely -- no, you're in paris this morning, thank you. 'tis the season for gift giving and gift stealing? 1 in every 11 people will steal one item when they walk into a store this holiday season. the top three items they take, number one, meat, no joke, filet mignon and other grade "a" cuts
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and jamison irish whiskey and number three, electric tools like toothbrushes and power tools. all right. it's going to be a brown christmas for many tree farmers in texas. their record-breaking drought dried up thousands of christmas trees and texas received less than 11 inches of rain. now the once green firs are wilted and dead. many are importing trees from other states. still ahead, megachurch pastor eddie long stepping away. the united postal service wants to do away with next day letters that you send.
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atlanta's megachurch pastor eddie long taking time off but says he's not stepping down. the surprise announcement only case after his wife files for divorce. and good morning, this is your "a.m. wake-up call" for monday, december 5th, i'm christine romans, carol has the morning off. four weeks from tomorrow, four weeks if tomorrow the first votes of the 2012 campaign will be cast by a real honest to goodness voters in the iowa caucuses. looks like newt gingrich is on top. in new hampshire whose primary is the next week, romney is on top but it's getting closer. and in politics a few weeks can be a lifetime. took a cherry picker and a forklift but a day-long standoff between police and occupy wall street protesters is over. they were clinging to wooden structures in a washington park.
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police used a cherry picker to get them down. and a forklift then to destroy the structure. 31 people were arrested. the u.s. and pakistan mending diplomatic fences after that nato air strike that killed 24 pakistani troops. president obama called pakistan's president yesterday making clear the incident was not a deliberate attack on pakistan. both presidents agreed to stay in touch. let's get a first check of today's weather. rob marciano back with us. >> in the way of rain and snow. here it is. across the northeast seeing rain stretch into the great lakes region. it's making slow progress eastward so i think d.c. to boston at least today will be dry. tonight another story. indianapolis back through parts of texas will see not only rain but snow. back side of this certainly going to be cold and blizzard-like conditions across parts of new mexico. santa ana blowing. 63 in los angeles, 58, mild out
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ahead of it in new york city. fog there this morning. delays in philly and cincinnati and cleveland, you saw rain, maybe slowing travel there. at the arts in cinci and cleveland. back to you. >> talk to you soon. newt gingrich picking up late breaking momentum in the gop presidential race. in a new nbc poll gingrich surged to the top in iowa but romney remains ahead in new hampshire. although, you know, competitors are catching up. romney's support dropped from 45% a month ago to 39%. gingrich has 24%. we're less than 30 days from the first gop presidential nominated contest in january. one person who won't be participating in that contest, of course, is herman cain. you know, unless you live under a rock you know he is out of the race. would will pick up his supporters? who will he endorse? let's bring in paul steinhauser who joins me from washington. the conventional wisdom gingrich
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gets this support. it's been a week he's been skiing a big surge of cain supporters leaving. does it hold up? s>> >>. >> what is that everybody is looking out. who will he endorse now? a lot of his support over the last month came from cain supporters fleeing cain after first the allegations of sexual harassment and then, of course, the allegations of a 13-year affair and both from atlanta. it was interesting on saturday soon after cain announced he was suspending his campaign, newt gingrich in an event was in staten island, new york, actually said nice things about cain so we'll keep our eyes on gingrich. only thing we know about him he is at an event, 1:45 news conference. not sure what that is about. will herman cain show up? we don't know. we'll see. >> gingrich met with donald trump today in new york. how important is donald trump's
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endorsement? >> no, it's actually before gingrich has that 1:45 news conference, he goes to trump tower and becomes the fifth to do that. it seems if you're running are not gop nomination you have to kiss the trump ring. remember, trump himself flirted with that idea before trying not to and trying to moderate a debate in iowa trying to be influential and have his say. no word on any endorsements today. met with a bunch of the other candidates and has a meeting but not endorsing anybody. rump is trying to be a battle. >> paul steinhauser, thanks. a highly classified stealth drone may be in the hands of iran. they downed a drone after it invaded airspace in eastern iran along the afghanistan border. american military officials only confirming one of their drones is missing. now iran is vowing an aggressive response. here's pentagon correspondent
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barbara starr with more. >> reporter: iranian authorities say they shot down a highly classified u.s. unmanned spy plane over its territory along its eastern border with afghanistan. iran says the drone they shot down is an rq-170. now, that's one of the most secret drones in the u.s. military and intelligence arsenal. a stealth drone that can fly largely undetected gathering intelligence and targeting information. so far the u.s. using the nato alliance in afghanistan to issue a statement is only saying "the uav to which the iranians are referring may be a u.s. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western afghanistan late last week. the operators of the uav lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status." that according to the statement. now, u.s. officials tell cnn the flight crew operating the drone
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did report a loss of flight controls before the drone went down. but they're not saying it was shot down and they're not saying it's an rq-170. the "question of the day" is shot down or not, do the iranians have their hands on classified intelligence technology? if the iranians do, the u.s. knows it's not getting any of that back. barbara starr, cnn, washington. >> all right, atlanta megachurch pastor eddie long is taking some time off. he told parishioners his decision yesterday morning. he says he'll be working on his family. this only days after long's wife vanessa filed for divorce. but long didn't say how long he'd stay on leave. >> i haven't stepped down. i've actually stepped up. we're not hiding nothing or anything like that. i'm going to take a little time off to work with my family.
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>> he's no stranger to controversy. four young men sued him accusing him of using his influence to lure them into sexual lawsuits. he settled that in may. the postal service announced a new cost cutting plan this morning. the agency wants to change its national standard to 2 to 5 days from 1 to 3. no word on when the plan could take effect. postal service racked up more than $5 billion in debt and faces a deadline to make another $5.5 billion payment to its health care retirement plan in just about two weeks. democrats will unveil a payroll tax cut compromise today. harry reid will introduce the proposal which would extend a cut in the payroll taxes used to pay for social security. it's a compromise between the duelling plans rejected by the senate last week. no word yet on the specifics of the plan. democrats say the hefty $200 billion price tag would be fully
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paid for. a fierce standoff between occupy d.c. protesters and the politician. this after protesters refuse to take down a wooden structure. police moving in with a cherry picker forcibly removing occupiers who decided to cling to this makeshift building. here's athena jones with the details. >> reporter: after more than nine hours and at times tense standoff between occupy d.c. protesters and police has come to an end with 31 arrests. 9 standoff began in the late morning when police ordered demonstrators to take down a structure they had erected overnight. police said there were safety concerns with the structure and that it hadn't gone through the proper poermenting process. demonstrators refused to take it down. several of them occupying it itself and others climbing onto the roof holding on to the rafters for several hours. they led chants with the crowd of demonstrators who have been in the park occupying this park since early october. this is a park, macpherson
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square, only a few blocks from the white house so the standoff lasted all day. you had demonstrators throwing food and water, demonstrators in the crowd throwing food and water to the occupiers who were on the structure itself. ultimately the police used a cherry picker, giant inflatable cushion, who ladders, various ropes and harnesses in order to get the occupiers off of the structure. it was at times a dangerous operation because the structure itself, we saw it swaying a little bit. there was concern at one point that some of the rafters might break. but ultimately 31 people arrested here at this occupy d.c. camp here only a few blocks from the white house. back to you. >> all right, athena jones in washington. all right, it's 40 minutes past the hour. what's coming up on "american morning." alina cho, morning. >> coming up in 20 minutes an "american morning." the hunt for a serial killer on
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long island. ten bodies tossed along a remote beach. some of them sex workers. our susan candiotti will be here. traumatized at jfk. an 85-year-old grandmother claims that tsa agents pulled down her pants, even her underwear, what happened and why? we'll tell you. american soldiers pulling out of iraq returning home just in time for the holidays. our chris lawrence will take us to ft. hood for the happy reunions. all of that plus much more. your latest news. "american morning" at the top of the hour but christine back after this.
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44 minutes past the hour. here's what's happening. newt gingrich surging to the top of the gop heap. the former gop house speaker now
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the man to beat in iowa. a new nbc poll shows gingrich leading with 26%. mitt romney trails far behind at 18%. and you can count cain out. herman cain as you know suspended his campaign saturday dogged by allegations of sexual harassment and a report that he denies of a 13-year-long affair. a grand jury decided against indicting a mcdonald's worker. two women attacked a cashier over a payment dispute in october. even going behind the counter. that's when another worker grabbed a metal object and started swinging at them. both women suffered head injuries. they face charges for menacing and disorderly conduct. in many, facebook is hiring thousands of new workers. the social networking giant can gearing up to go public next year. that means the company anticipates rapid growth and is expanding its team to keep up. in sports ten people injured
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at the oklahoma game. they were trampled in a postgame celebration that went awry. let's get i quick check of today's weather. rob marciano is atlanta. you see the goalpost come down. >> i wonder what they're doing this morning knowing their team won't be playing for the national championship. it'll be alabama instead. congratulations to the cowboys. we are looking at rainfall across, well, a good slice of the country. it's not moving all that quickly. a look at the radar scope. where the flood watches and warnings are posted up and down the mississippi and then stretching across the ohio river valleys. this is where the rain is located now and actually in the southern end of this we got cold air behind it. snow popping up on the radar scope across the scope of indiana and oklahoma city. blizzard conditions across new mexico possibly and albuquerque
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specifically in some of the higher terrain. as far as how much rain, 2 to 4, maybe 6 in some spots with this very slow-moving front. we'll get to the rain tonight and tomorrow and again the back side of this we'll have snow and also strong santa ana winds again today and tomorrow, critical fire danger across parts of southern california. 11 degrees for the high. 42 in chicago. 58 mild in new york and boston and d.c. today. enjoy rain cometh tomorrow. christine, see you on "american morning" in a few. julian assange fighting extradition to sweden over sexual assault allegations and planning to take it to britain's supreme court. atika schubert is in london with the latest. loorng, loorng. >> reporter: julian assange managed to convince the judges
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his appeal should be granted. this will be his last and final chance to stay in the uk but judges said that on some points his argument was granted that perhaps they should take another look at the european arrest warrant. and it means he will not be extra indicted in the next few days. so he has won the right to stay in the uk at least a little longer while his appeal is ongoing, christine. >> how long will this process go on, atika? >> reporter: well, it's likely to go on at least for a few weeks possibly months, now gone on for more than a year. been under vert wall house arrest during that time. so it could go on for a little longer but, again, this is his last chance, his final appeal and after that, the decision will be made either to extradite him or keep him in the uk. >> atika shubert, thank you very much. we're working to bring you several big stories at the top of the hour including iran's claim that it shot down a u.s.
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spy plane. now it's promising to take an aggressive response. we'll have the latest trait from the pentagon. after the break, is stevie wonder ready to put on his dancing shows for live tv? details ahead. it's 48 minutes after the hour. this is your "a.m. wake-up call." for a limited time, passages malibu
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herman cain, as you know, is out of the presidential race, but still on the minds of comedians like the cast of "saturday night live." here's your punch line. >> this whole ordeal has been crazy. it's nonsense. it's character assassination but i'm sorry, it's true, i am suspending my campaign. now, listen, this is a decision that i made with the help of my family, no one forced me out. >> so you still deny the allegations that you had an affair with ginger white. >> it's garbage. the truth is that ginger white and i are friends and, yes, i gave her money because that's what friends do. seth, you and i are are friends. >> i guess. >> here, take some money. >> oh, thank you. >> now, you know that money ain't free. >> i'll just give it back to you. >> all right. >> it's been rumored for weeks. now it's official, madonna has been tapped to perform at the super bowl. the 53-year-old material girl
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will entertain football fans during the halftime show in indianapolis on february 5th. you'll hear a lot about madonna that weekend. her new romantic comedy "we" opens two days before the game. dave levine joins me now for other headlines. up early. >> i notice you're up early too, so how great is this? >> i know, right. is stevie wonder headed to "dancing with the stars"? >> now, talk about great, stevie wonder has been making noises about wanting to do "dancing with the stars" for a few years now. but it's something he just said to ellen degeneres on a so that everybody is saying, wait a minute, minute he'll do it. he started talking about how he's losing weight because ellen was pressuring him and saying, stevie, are you going to do it. he said i'm getting in shape and said when i get to where i feel
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like i'm going good enough, i'll do that. and he even predicted and said i'll look good in the beginning and even getter at the end. everybody loses weight when they're competing on "dancing with the stars." now, it's not a big deal just because somebody is impaired. let's not forget marlee matlin who is hearing impaired competed and came in seventh place during season six. just because he is blind does not mean that's going to get in his way. he may be 61 years old, but, hey, let's not forget florence henderson was 77 and she did really well. she didn't win but did really well. hopefully he'll do it. >> a big draw. i know it would be a big draw. john travolta clearing up to play the role of a notorious mob boss. >> a lot of people have been saying fuhgeddaboutit.
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the name of the movie is "gotti in the shadow of my father" written -- it was written by and it will be directedly larry levenson. this was the movie lindsay lohan was going to be but is now cleaning up bodies at the morgue or something. they couldn't come up with the money or at least put on hold. barry levinson told e! in a new interview the money is coming together. listen to the cast. i can't wait for them to make the movie. his real-life wife kelly preston will play victoria, his wife and al pacino will play the consigliere. it won't be the new idea godfather," but i can't wait to see it. >> without lindsay lohan.
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let me ask you about amy winehouse. a new album coming out. >> oh, i can't wait for this. this is it coming out tomorrow. tomorrow is the official release date. her first posthumous album. had they pass away they usually have a wealth of material to come, anyway this is called lionness, hidden treasures, quintessential amy winehouse, the tone that i've heard and i've listened to a couple of tracks to come out. it's been described as neosoul, r&b, motown. an excellent mix of stuff and started putting this together because it was back in 2009 and already some of the prerelease sales are saying particularly over -- particularly in england that this may be her biggest selling album yet, of course, we all know that unfortunately amy
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passed away when she was 27 in july over the summer. the coroner eventually ruled that it may be related to alcohol but she'll be missed. hey, let's not forget after michael jackson died his music has been at the top of the charts ever since. what happens with a lot of these stars, they're constantly recording, recording dozens of songs and it's decided which ones will go out in the album but the other stuff is still sitting there. >> there's so much. so much material in the vaults and, you know, her fans want to hear it. that's just the bottom line. dave -- >> based on presales they definitely want to hear it. >> dave levine, hln's "showbiz tonight." that's it for this monday edition of "a.m. wake-up call." "american morning" continues right after a quick break. have a great day, everybody. congratulations. congratulations. today, the city of charlotte can use verizon technology
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